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Re: Shifts from 1st to drive misses second
It sure sounds to me like something in the build went wrong, maybe a torn O ring seal or a leaking gasket or missing a check ball in the valve body assembly, it's easy to do, have seen 20 year veteran trans builders do it many times. If it where the shift solenoid there would be a trouble code.
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There are a number of causes for the failure of the automatic transmission as you have described it.
You will need to take the car to the dealership or to a transmission specialist for a proper fault check and diagnosis. From the symptoms you have described here I believe you will be looking at having to replace the auto transmission with a rebuilt unit because there will most likely be significant internal damage to transmission components . Most of these problems are due to poor/inadequate maintenance which in many cases is zero maintenance of the transmission by owners.
If it feels like it goes between gears ,they are bad during 97 and 1998 about the one way spragg clutch locking together..You have to remove the pan ,,and you will see the metal in the pan ..Plus you can look up into the transmission and see the damage...But on a better note,,Does the o/d light flash..If so you may have a code in the transmission module..It may be just a shift solenoid..But if thats the case ,,usually if will skip a gear then go to the next..See if moving the selector to drive instead of overdrive will make a difference..
It sounds like you have a tranny leak. When fluid is low, you will have difficulty shifting or maintaining the gear while driving. As far as where the leak is coming from, it is hard to say just from the post, it would have to be seen to determine exactly where you are leaking from. One possibility is the seal where the input shaft goes into the transmission case. This would require the removal of the transmission in order to replace the seal.
Auto transmission fluid needs changing; this is an area that gets neglected by a lot of people;check the fluid and if its brown or gives off a burning smell, it needs changing. Very old transmission fluid will cause slipping in the transmission; if this is the case, it should be changed along with the filter
Hope you find that this answers your question. Best of luck. Greg
p.s. If you have the fluid changed, make sure it's done from the tranmission pan, not through the filler tube; siphoning through the filler tube can be hazardous to the transmission, especially cars with a lot of miles